RT Cunningham

A Bluetooth Speaker instead of Another Kind of Boombox

bluetooth speaker I’ve recently been using a bluetooth speaker to listen to music at home. Before that, I was using the bluetooth headset my older son, Joseph, gave me . I still use the headset when I’m trying not to bother other people.

My built-in laptop speakers don’t do justice to the music I listen to on my laptop computer. I guess I’m spoiled because I can barely stand to listen to anything at all with the built-in speakers.

A Bluetooth Speaker isn’t a Boombox

Well, it doesn’t meet the technical definition of a boombox. In the Philippines, a bluetooth speaker is called a subwoofer. I have no idea what they call a boombox since no one I know has one.

I remember when a boombox was nothing more than a portable cassette tape player that included an AM/FM radio. Before that, there was the portable radio. Later on, a boombox would have a CD player instead of a cassette tape player. Personally, I’m thankful the bluetooth speaker came along and became more popular than anything before it.

Bluetooth Speaker Input Devices

Every bluetooth speaker is different and you shouldn’t expect it to accept the same input devices as another one. Most have a 3.5 mm audio input jack and a USB flash drive port along with a USB charging port. The one I’m using has a micro SD port as well.

Low-capacity USB flash drives are too inexpensive to be sold alone anymore. They’re sold in packs of 10, 20 and 50. With the old CD boombox, an album was played from a single CD. Now you can play multiple albums from a single USB flash drive or micro SD card.

I tried putting a micro SD card in the slot. It worked but I could barely get it back out. No, I prefer the bluetooth method, with the input device being either a cell phone or a laptop computer. I like to be able to control the playing order among other things.

You can still find a boombox, if that’s what you want. I saw one that plays cassette tapes at Amazon.com. I don’t know why you would want one unless, of course, you have a huge collection of cassette tapes or compact discs. Personally, I would take the time to convert all the CDs to MP3 or FLAC files for better portability, but maybe that’s just me.

Bluetooth Speaker Volume Control

Like input devices, one bluetooth speaker may support volume control better than another. The one I have has no volume control on it. The volume is controlled by either my cell phone or laptop computer, depending on which one I’m using at the time. The “subwoofer” I have sitting in the Philippines has an independent volume control knob along with other things I haven’t mentioned.

You get what you pay for. The bluetooth speaker I’m using here is the cheapest of the cheap and yet, it still does the job I need it to do. Since I no longer need to use bluetooth to transfer files, it works as intended.

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RT Cunningham
March 10, 2019
Technology